Ball from under mast

This small steel ball was at the base of one of the original masts erected in 1924 for the transmission of the longwave BBC radio service from Borough Hill. Placed between the base of the mast and a concrete block on the ground, the ball gave the mast the necessary flexibility to move with the wind. Incredibly, this little ball could support a… Read more »

Coaching whip

Daventry is no stranger to traffic. Situated on one of the main coaching routes from London to Holyhead, it’s thought that as many as eighty long-distance coaches used to pass through the town each day. Many of the inns along the way were used for stabling the horses and refreshing the travelers. Daventry thus became a thriving coaching town in the 19th Century… Read more »

Kings Quest

Did you know you have an alternative reality? That’s right. Millions of gamers have adventured in the Kingdom of Daventry since 1984. The computer game ‘King’s Quest’ has a huge cult following worldwide

Stead and Simpson’s works dinner photo

Factories like Stead and Simpson had sports teams, work outings and entertainments for workers and their families. Today this tradition continues with companies like Cummins.

Tennis racket

Bought in the 1940s this is a long way from the hi-tech rackets of today, but sport is nothing new. Its owner Gwen Rintoul used to play tennis on the grass courts in the ‘Rec’ as a young girl. There were no courts at the Grammar School then as these had been dug up during WW2 in order to plant potatoes for the… Read more »

Rag rug

With some patience and a little skill, Daventry homes have been furnished using scrap materials. Rag rugs and patchwork quilts have been a traditional recycling craft for generations. Old clothes and bits of fabric were cut up into strips and pushed through canvas with wooden pegs to create cosy rugs such as this one. Perfect for a cold winter’s night by the coal… Read more »

Water pump picture

From pumps in the street to hot and cold running water in every house, the Daventry home has been transformed in the last 100 years. Technology and prosperity have turned what was once for the wealthy few into the norm. People would take their buckets along to the water pump − usually located somewhere central like the market square. It would no doubt… Read more »

Aerial photo

This aerial photo captures the growth of Daventry, which began to really expand as a town in the 1960s. Many people moved to live there, for work or as part of the Birmingham overspill. New housing estates were built and their names often give clues about what was there before: Timken Way, Middlemore Farm, Lang Farm and Ashby Fields are a few notable… Read more »

Shop receipt

Daventry’s High Street has been a defining feature for centuries, where locals and villagers could find the latest must-have and catch up on gossip. Many people have memories of their first experience of work starting a Saturday job in one the shops and cafes that make up the heart of the town. As a buyer, you could stock up on groceries by filling… Read more »

BBC tools

The BBC was a significant employer locally with skilled engineers ensuring that the masts on Borough Hill could broadcast the World Service to all corners of the globe. Here we have an old blowtorch, useful in applying heat to metalwork; and a brace and bit, which is a hand tool used to drill holes.